Bobaboda Riders Fight Traffic Officers in Bwaise

Motorcycles being loaded on a truck at Bwaise junction this morning

A physical fight ensued this morning in Bwaise, cost between traffic police officers and bodaboda cyclists who were protesting the impounding of their motorcycles.

The motorists were unhappy with the way their motorcycles were being taken away from them without a chance to explain themselves.

Some of them claimed the ongoing citywide crackdown was targeting them for supporting Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye in the last elections.

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“We have seen many operations but this has something behind it. Once a motorcycle is impounded, it’s almost impossible to rescue it from the station, owning to the list of demands,” one of the motorists complained.

Kampala Metropolitan Traffic police commander Norman Musinga revealed early this week that once one’s bodaboda is impounded for lack of a permit, it won’t be released until the rider has gone through the process of acquiring one.

The operation began last Friday as so far over 5000 bodabodas have been impounded. According to Musinga, the operation is aimed at restoring discipline and cleaning the bodaboda industry. Bodabodas are impounded when found with no insurance, PSV, driving permit, crash helmets and reflector jackets.

By midmorning, when they realized the anguish of the cyclists, the traffic police officers were seen retreating from the Bwaise junction.



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